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Where Are They Now? The Johan Santana Trade Edition

An article by posted on June 29, 2010 0 Comments

On January 29, 2008, Mets fans everywhere rejoiced over the formerly-rumored-now-true stories about Johan Santana, a pitching force that many teams coveted from the Minnesota Twins, was coming to our team in a blockbuster trade.  We were not only parting with prospects that we could handle losing (especially in a trade like this one), the […]

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First-Half and Second-Half Santana: Myth or Reality?

An article by posted on June 22, 2010 0 Comments

I’m sure like most of you, I was tickled orange-and-blue when Johan Santana was traded to the New York Mets in the offseason leading to the 2008 season.  I have a few friends who were from Minnesota who did warn me, however, that Santana takes a while to “warm up” during the season.  Expect a […]

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A Mets “Magic Moment” Turns 30

An article by posted on June 14, 2010 0 Comments

The date June 14th, as a sports fan, holds significance for me personally.  Sixteen years ago today, the New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks in a seven game series on home ice to end their then-54 year Stanley Cup drought.  I always remember dancing in the streets (literally) by Madison Square Garden with fellow […]

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Forever 14

An article by posted on June 8, 2010 0 Comments

In honor of the off-day yesterday, I wanted to pay homage to a guy who usually doesn’t get enough recognition in today’s Mets world, though plenty recognition in Mets history. And that guy is Gilbert Raymond Hodges, aka Gil Hodges. If you are familiar with the book Mets by the Numbers, I asked Jon Springer […]

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Mike in the Mix: Pelfrey’s Phenomenal Season So Far

An article by posted on June 1, 2010 0 Comments

The National League has always been seen as more of the “cerebral” league in baseball, the one where managers have to think and not just throw out eight hitters plus an additional one each day but have strategy, one of which pitching is more valuable than hitting.  Pitching has created several headlines this season, with […]

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Carlos Beltran Is The True Catalyst

An article by posted on May 25, 2010 0 Comments

After an almost full-season furlough, Mets fans eagerly anticipated Jose Reyes’ return to the Mets lineup on Saturday, April 10, of this year.  It sounded and seemed as though the Mets themselves needed that shock of adrenaline that only Reyes could provide.  The infectious style of play by the “catalyst,” as he has been called […]

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Is Hisanori Takahashi The Answer?

An article by posted on May 17, 2010 0 Comments

Who is Hisanori Takahashi? Peering into the vacuum of 2010, I would have to say he has been one of the most consistent relievers for the Mets this season.  And…well, that’s about it. The rumblings we’ve been hearing on blogs, news sites and other media forms are true: Takahashi is scheduled to make Friday night’s […]

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The Ballad of Oliver and John

An article by posted on May 12, 2010 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I suggested that the Mets pitching staff’s overperformance could result in a hat-tipping to Dan Warthen, who may be deceivingly quiet. By “deceiving,” I mean he is not a flashy pitching coach, people rarely ever heard of him before he came to the Mets although he does have a bit of […]

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Beasts of the East

An article by posted on May 7, 2010 0 Comments

The Mets created a lot of goodwill with their loyal fans after a 9-1 homestand late in April.  It certainly seemed as though some things were working: Ike Davis was called up and created an impression on the team and the fanbase, Jose Reyes moved his spot in the lineup and it seemed to work […]

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Ike Davis: The Rug That Ties The Room Together

An article by posted on April 30, 2010 0 Comments

First, allow myself to introduce…myself.  The handle is Taryn, but you can call me Coop, some circles know me as “The Coop,” and others know me as “The Coopinatrix.”  Erm, plead the fifth on that one.  Anyway, I am the primary contributor of a three years running Mets blog called “My Summer Family,” a passionate […]

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